OUT ON 30 JULY FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL
CHRIS CARTER has shared a new track from his forthcoming reissues of Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three, due for release on vinyl and on streaming platforms for the first time, and on CD (previously unavailable for 15 years) on 30 July 2021.
These radical ambient reworkings of Throbbing Gristle and Carter’s early solo work are primed for discovery and re-evaluation as important pieces in the artist’s body of work. Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three takes a microscope to elements of the original tracks, transforming them into entirely different pieces, placing them into a different context and genre, sitting comfortably alongside the ambient masterpieces of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and The KLF.
Listen to ‘Heathen Mirth’, his minimalist take on Throbbing Gristle’s ‘Heathen Earth’:
Electronic Ambient Remixes One (EAR ONE)was the first in a series of four Electronic Ambient Remix solo albums by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Originally released in 2000 (CTI), the starting point for the tracks was Chris Carter’s The Space Between (1980, Industrial), an album collating Carter’s analogue sound experiments recorded in the 1970s and 1980s at Throbbing Gristle & Industrial Records’ London studio. Electronic Ambient Remixes Oneis a reworking of those early recordings and features heavily manipulated and transmogrified drifting ambient textures, whilst still retaining the core essence of the original tracks.
Electronic Ambient Remixes Three (EAR THREE) was Chris Carter’s second Electronic Ambient Remix solo album, originally released in 2002 (CTI), and at its nucleus are a dozen of his original Throbbing Gristle rhythms. These rhythms have been transmuted into three dimensional polyrhythmic loops, weird gothic textures and spooky ethereal ambiences. With track titles giving a sideways glance to the originals, the album features the pulsating beats of ‘Indiscipline’, the eccentric undulations of ‘Heathen Mirth’ and the unnerving hypnotic motion of ‘Hamburger Man’.
As a founding member of Throbbing Gristle alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Chris Carter has had a significant role in the development of electronic music – a journey which has continued through his releases as one half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti and a third of Carter Tutti Void – as well as with his own solo and collaborative releases. Carter released his first solo album in over 17 years in 2018, Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Vol 1.
He is also credited with the invention and production of groundbreaking electronics – from the legendary Gristleizer self-built effects unit through to the Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument and the TG One Eurorack module (designed with Tiptop Audio) and the updated Future Sound Systems Gristleizer modules. Carter’s use of these modules can be heard during his recent series of live solo shows, including this Rough Trade event) last year and through these, Carter has created the means to make sounds as well as making the sounds themselves.
The releases are the continuation of a reissue campaign with Mute that started with his solo box set, Miscellany (2018).
Electronic Ambient Remixes One
Electronic Ambient Remixes Three
1. The World As A War Film
2. Convicting People
3. Heathen Mirth
5. Not On The Heels Of Love
6. Someone Came Over Here
7. Still Talking
8. Generic Terrorists
9. The Old Man Died
10. What Is Today
11. Hamburger Man
12. Dread Head
‘Heathen Mirth’: https://youtu.be/44cBG1PZAHw
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Pre-order Electronic Ambient Remixes One and Three: https://mute.ffm.to/cc-ear
Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Vol 1 (2018, Mute)
Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 Coursework EP (2019, Mute)
Chris Carter’s Miscellany box set (2018, Mute)
RECENT PRAISE FOR CHEMISTRY LESSONS VOL 1
“Masterful and well worth the wait” – John Doran, The Quietus
“… a new electronic masterpiece” – Electronic Sound
“An atmospheric masterclass” – Q
“… simultaneously looks back over its shoulder and glares straight into the eye of the future” – The Wire
“… rich in layered melody and texture, and full of primary coloured sonics” – MOJO
“… you can hear the legacy of his career in industrial and electronic music, yet it still sounds contemporary” – The Quietus
“… one of the most astonishing electronic works…” – PROG